Date
24 November 2017
New South Wales police officials address the media in Sydney on Wednesday after arresting two men suspected to be preparing for violent terror attacks. Photo: Reuters
New South Wales police officials address the media in Sydney on Wednesday after arresting two men suspected to be preparing for violent terror attacks. Photo: Reuters

Two men arrested in Sydney over ‘public beheading’ plot

Counter-terrorism police in Sydney have arrested two men who were allegedly planning a public beheading in an Islamic State-linked plot, BBC reported.

The two men, aged 24 and 25, have been charged with acts done in preparation for, or planning, terrorist acts. They are due to appear in court on Wednesday.

Following raids in Fairfield, western Sydney, on Tuesday, officers are said to have seized a hunting knife, a homemade Islamic State flag and a video of a suspect describing his planned attack. 

Australia has been on a terror alert since last year. In December two out of 18 hostages held hostage by gunman Man Haron Monis were killed along with him when police stormed a cafe in Sydney.

In September last year a man was arrested and charged in connection with a plot to behead a member of the public and drape them in an Islamic State flag in the centre of Sydney.

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